Will Rogers Memorial

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Not to be confused with Rogers-Post Site or Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Will Rogers Memorial
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Established 1938
Location Claremore, Oklahoma
Coordinates 36°19′15″N 95°37′53″W / 36.32087°N 95.63149°W / 36.32087; -95.63149
Type History and art museum
Director Steve Gragert
Website www.willrogers.com

The Will Rogers Memorial is a 19,052-square-foot (1,770 m2) museum in Claremore, Oklahoma that memorializes entertainer Will Rogers. The museum houses artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and manuscripts pertaining to Rogers' life, and documentaries, speeches, and movies starring Rogers are shown in a theater.[1] Rogers' tomb is located on its 20-acre (8 ha) grounds overlooking Claremore and Rogers State University.

The land for the museum was originally purchased by Rogers, a Claremore native, in 1911 for the site of his retirement home, but was given to members of the Rogers family after his death and later donated to the state of Oklahoma.[2] The museum opened in 1938, three years after his death.[3]

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  1. ^ "Will Rogers Memorial Museum". Will Rogers Memorial. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Will Rogers Memorial Commission" (pdf). State of Oklahoma. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  3. ^ Shepard, Ginger (2006-12-19). "New executive director named for Will Rogers Museums in OK". Journal Record. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 

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